Hi Friends. It is a hot day today in northern California. As I sit here and work on my blog, it is literally 100 degrees. Add to that a bit more humidity than we are used to…and UGH…guess what?! The last thing I feel like doing tonight is cooking over a hot stove! This is when rotisserie chicken from Costco comes to the rescue. I am not talking about the bird under the lights. That is yummy sometimes and has it’s place….I am talking about the rotisserie chicken that is already cut up and in a package! Yes…you have to look for it, but it is there and it is definitely a staple in my refrigerator!
I have made this salad with and without the chicken. I have made this salad with and without the peaches. I have used variations of this dressing. (Heck to be honest, I have even used bottled dressing …THE HORROR…with this salad!) My point is that you can make it any way you like it…customize it to fit your needs…It is definitely a keeper! Keep it and remember it the next time you have one of those crazy hot days and just want something cool for dinner!
Easy-Peasy Summer Salad w/Rotisserie Chicken & Peaches
3 Tbs. balsamic vinegar (I used Blackberry Balsamic)
3 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. chopped shallots (or green onions if you have them)
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1/2 Tbs. maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
12 ounces mixed greens (I used the Spring Mix)
3-4 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
2 whole peaches, diced
1/2 cup sliced almonds
4-6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (or feta if you prefer)
handful of blueberries (or other fruit)
Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a jar or a blender and shake or process until it is emulsified. Allow to chill.
Mix the salad together, except for the cheese and nuts. They are a last-minute addition right before you toss the salad.
Toss the salad with some of the dressing. Add the nuts and cheese and toss again. Serve.
What did I love about this recipe? I love that I can make this well ahead of time and that the recipe is so forgiving! You can mix up the dressing with different vinegars, oils and mustards. You can make the salad with different lettuces. You can use different berries. You can even use leftover chicken from another meal…like I said…easy-peasy lemon squeezy!
What didn’t I love about this recipe? Nothing!